| Azaraimy HH |
THE ICT Department at the Ministry of Education plans to roll out online access to educational materials, including multimedia resources such as videos, available for teachers.
However, with the current broadband infrastructure, schools wouldn’t be able to pull the resources.
But now there is a possibility of realising this, where the Ministry of Education can have a central depository of all its education related resources available via broadband online, Acting Assistant Director of ICT Department at the Ministry of Education, Zainal Abidin bin Hj Kepli, told the Bulletin yesterday.
He said the department was working closely with EGNC and TelBru for the infrastructure.
The educational landscape in the country is transforming, and the winds of change are broadband and WiFi, which are now playing a bigger role than ever in classrooms and administration.
At the moment, there are not many WiFi hotspots in schools, but teachers and students are now beginning to expect that it be readily available everywhere.
Earlier this month, the Integrated National Education Information System (iNEIS) was made live. Built on the power of broadband, the purpose of iNEIS is to streamline and transform the ministry’s business processes to support its current needs to implement, monitor and measure SPN21.
Zainal Abidin bin Hj Kepli, Acting Assistant Director of ICT Department at the Ministry of Education, said that in the past, a lot of teachers complained that the load of administrative tasks were hampering their main duty – teaching.
“With iNEIS, it is just a matter of one click, and the data will go to its destination automatically,” he added.
iNEIS is used for attendance, curriculum, results, school fees and etc.
iNEIS™ benefits schools in such a way that teachers are able to produce statistical reports with just a click of a button.
Teachers are now also able to filter out the critical information without having to go through the whole class/school data.
With such reports, teachers are able to do a qualitative analysis of their students’ performance and change their methods to reach out to them effectively.
In addition, common reports available in the system reduce the time needed to collect the required information.
Since iNEIS is centralised, data is consolidated and information can be queried from the database itself hence, there is no need for teachers to provide monthly reports to the ministry.
Zainal Abidin said there are already more than 100 schools using the iNEIS system, where teachers are now getting used to the system.
The next step, according to Zainal Abidin, is to make educational resources available to teachers and students.
Zainal Abidin said putting in place such a facility has its challenges.
He said the biggest challenge is infrastructure, but there are also human factors.